Pamela Anderson says she tried Botox but "didn't look like me anymore!"
More than two decades after her curves helped turn Baywatch into a cultural phenomenon, Pamela Anderson says that approaching 50 – she turned 48 last month – is really no big deal
“It is what it is,” Anderson tells PEOPLE. “Besides, I feel like I’m getting younger all the time.”
The star, who has authored a new coffee table photo book, Raw, also reveals that she tried – and didn’t like Botox.
“I am the last person to try Botox but I did,” she says. “I felt like my eyes sunk into my head so far that I didn’t look look like me anymore! I’m not into all that stuff.”
“I think a little bit of maintenance is good. There are things we can do to perk ourselves up. Some people go to far. I’m not obsessed,” she says. And she’s got those coveted good genes to thank as well. Adds Anderson: “My mom looks great.”
Her role models for aging gracefully? “I love Jane Fonda and Brigitte Bardot. It’s like the old saying goes: ‘Beauty comes from within.’ It’s about embracing it and feeling great about what you have. And doing the best for you.”
Two years ago, that meant cutting her hair into a platinum pixie. “It was fun to cut my hair,” she says. “It was fun to let go of the image for a second and say ‘You know, this just isn’t me.’ I like my pixie cut but I look better with long hair.” More than anything, she says, “I think it’s just having healthy attitude.”
For Anderson, that also means eating vegan, which she now showcases on her new online cooking show The Sensual Vegan, and devoting herself to environmental and animal rights activism, through her Pamela Anderson Foundation.
“Doing good things keeps you young,” she says.
The star is also excited about her new book, featuring photographs by her good friend Emma Dunlavey. Raw is “a fun look back, a behind the scenes of me being silly in hotel rooms and pages of my journaling. Sometimes when I’m inspired, I write poetry – well, if you want to call it that. They were wild times. Not that I don’t have fun and crazy times these days.”
For more on Pamela Anderson, her new book, her thoughts on getting older and more, pick up a copy of this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday